Practical Tips to Score 200+ in the JEE Exam

Practical Tips to Score 200+ in the JEE Exam

Understand the Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Understanding the exam pattern and syllabus is the cornerstone of any successful JEE preparation strategy. This knowledge provides a clear roadmap, guiding students on what to study, how to allocate their time, and which areas require more focus. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how to thoroughly understand the JEE exam pattern and syllabus, along with the role of a coaching institute like CatalyseR in this process.

Exam Pattern of JEE Main and JEE Advanced

JEE Main:

  • Mode of Examination: Computer-based test (CBT).

  • Subjects: 

    • Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

  • Type of Questions:

    • Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and numerical value-based questions.

  • Duration:

    • 3 hours.

  • Total Marks: 

    • 300 marks (100 marks per subject).

Marking Scheme for MCQs:

  • +4 for correct answers, 

  • -1 for incorrect answers, and 

  • 0 for unanswered questions. 

Marking Scheme for numerical questions:

  • +4 for correct answers 

  • no negative marking.

JEE Advanced:

  • Mode of Examination: 

    • Computer-based test (CBT).

  • Papers: 

    • Two compulsory papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2), each of 3 hours duration.

  • Subjects: 

    • Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

  • Type of Questions: 

    • multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

    • numerical value-based questions

    • match the following type of questions.

  • Marking Scheme: 

    • Varies each year and can include: 

    • partial marking, zero negative marking for some sections

    • negative markings for others.

Understanding the Syllabus

The syllabus for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced covers the core topics taught in Class 11 and 12. Here’s a breakdown:


  • Mechanics: 

    • Laws of Motion

    • Work

    • Energy and Power

    • Rotational Motion

    • Gravitation.

  • Thermodynamics:

    • Laws of Thermodynamics

    • Kinetic Theory of Gases.

  • Electromagnetism:

    • Electrostatics

    • Current Electricity

    • Magnetic Effects of Current

    • Electromagnetic Induction.

  • Optics:

    • Ray Optics

    • Wave Optics.

  • Modern Physics: 

    • Atomic Structure

    • Nuclear Physics

    • Semiconductors.


  • Physical Chemistry

    • Mole Concept

    • Thermodynamics

    • Chemical Kinetics

    • Equilibrium.

  • Inorganic Chemistry:

    • Periodic Table

    • Chemical Bonding

    • Coordination Compounds.

  • Organic Chemistry:

    • Hydrocarbons

    • Alkyl Halides

    • Alcohols

    • Phenols

    • Aldehydes

    • Ketones

    • Carboxylic Acids

    • Amines


  • Algebra: 

    • Quadratic Equations

    • Sequences and Series

    • Complex Numbers

    • Matrices and Determinants

  • Calculus: 

    • Limits

    • Continuity 

    • Differentiation

    • Integration

    • Differential Equations

  • Coordinate Geometry: 

    • Straight Lines, 

    • Circles 

    • Parabolas

    • Ellipses

    • Hyperbolas

  • Trigonometry: 

    • Trigonometric Functions

    • Identities

    • Equations

  • Vectors and 3D Geometry: 

    • Vector Algebra

    • Three-Dimensional Geometry

Preparation Approach to Score 200+ in the JEE Exam


Believe in yourself and avoid doing extra questions in Physical Chemistry beyond those in the NCERT textbook. For Inorganic Chemistry, focus on memorizing NCERT reactions. If you struggle with memorization, concentrate on the concepts outlined in NCERT, such as the exceptions in boiling point order. Practice previous years' questions to understand commonly asked concepts in JEE. Organic Chemistry requires significant effort because NTA maintains a high level, close to JEE Advanced, even though they primarily ask about NCERT reactions. Understanding isomerisms, mechanisms, and concepts is crucial. Chemistry demands maximum study time, but during the exam, it should be completed quickly. Thoroughly read NCERT.


Achieving a high score (80+) in Physics requires both conceptual clarity and formula retention. Weakness in understanding concepts or memorizing formulas can be problematic. Questions often directly test formulas and include twists to assess concept clarity. Topics from both XI and XII are equally important, particularly electrodynamics and mechanics. Practice every question from HC Verma (or DC Pandey level 1) and NCERT to build confidence. Thoroughly read NCERT.


Mathematics is highly applicative, and practising questions is essential to score even 50+. NCERT alone is not sufficient for JEE Mains. You need to complete at least one comprehensive book from authors like MC Graw Hill, G. Tewani, or RD Sharma. As far as objectives are concerned, Mathematics also requires significant time during exams. Avoid attempting it last among the three subjects, as it is the most time-consuming and can cause stress in the final exam hour. Attempt it first or second. Every chapter is important, including statistics and mathematical reasoning.


Steps to Create a Balanced Study Schedule

1. Assess Your Current Routine:

  • Start by analysing your current daily routine. Identify the hours you spend on various activities such as school, coaching classes, self-study, leisure, and sleep.

  • Determine the number of hours available for JEE preparation each day.

2. Set Clear Goals:

  • Establish short-term and long-term goals for your JEE preparation. Short-term goals could include weekly or monthly targets, while long-term goals could cover broader milestones, such as completing the syllabus or achieving a certain score in mock tests.

3. Prioritise Subjects and Topics:

  • Allocate more time to subjects or topics you find challenging. Ensure that your schedule allows for comprehensive coverage of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

  • Focus on high-weightage topics and those that frequently appear in JEE exams.

4. Break Down Study Sessions:

  • Divide your study time into smaller, manageable sessions. Aim for 1-2 hour study blocks with short breaks in between to maintain concentration and prevent burnout.

  • Use techniques like the Pomodoro Technique, which involves studying for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break.

5. Include Regular Revision:

  • Incorporate regular revision sessions into your schedule. This ensures that previously covered topics remain fresh in your mind.

  • Allocate time for weekly and monthly revisions to consolidate your learning.

6. Practice and Mock Tests:

  • Dedicate time to solving previous years' question papers, practice questions, and taking mock tests. This not only helps in understanding the exam pattern but also in time management.

  • Schedule mock tests under exam-like conditions to build stamina and reduce exam-day anxiety.

7. Maintain a Balanced Lifestyle:

  • Ensure that your schedule includes time for relaxation, hobbies, physical exercise, and adequate sleep. A balanced lifestyle is essential for maintaining mental and physical well-being.

  • Avoid overloading yourself with continuous study sessions without breaks.

The Role of CatalyseR in Understanding Exam Patterns and Syllabus

Detailed Orientation Sessions

CatalyseR conducts orientation sessions at the beginning of the course to explain the JEE exam pattern and syllabus in detail. These sessions help students to understand the structure of the exam and the weightage of different topics.

Comprehensive Study Material

The study material provided by CatalyseR is meticulously designed to cover the entire JEE syllabus. The material is structured in a way that aligns with the exam pattern, making it easier for students to follow.

Syllabus Mapping

CatalyseR helps students map out the syllabus, breaking it down into manageable units. This mapping includes timelines for completing each unit, ensuring that all topics are covered well before the exam dates.

Regular Updates

The institute keeps students informed about any changes or updates in the exam pattern or syllabus. This ensures that students are always prepared for any modifications in the exam structure.

Practice Tests and Mock Exams

CatalyseR conducts regular practice tests and mock exams that replicate the actual JEE pattern. These tests help students get accustomed to the type of questions they will face and the time constraints they will encounter during the actual exam.

Expert Guidance

Faculty members at CatalyseR provide expert guidance on the importance of each topic within the syllabus. They highlight high-weightage areas and frequently tested concepts, helping students prioritize their study efforts effectively.


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